SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A late fourth quarter touchdown combined with a tide-turning Joe Scaglia interception guided the Susquehanna football squad to a 42-35 Homecoming win over Dickinson on Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders held a two-touchdown lead midway through the second quarter before the Red Devils (1-2, 1-1) came back to knot the game at 35 midway through the fourth quarter, but SU (2-1, 1-1) prevailed in front of a packed Lopardo Stadium.
With 2:21 to play in the game and Susquehanna on the Dickinson one-yard line, quarterback Nick Crusco kept the ball for the one-yard score and a 42-35 lead. The Red Devils got the ball back on their own 31-yard line but on the very first play of the drive, Scaglia picked off David Clemens at the Dickinson 45-yard line, essentially sealing the win for the Crusaders.
Crusco accounted for all six of SU's touchdowns with three touchdown passes and three rushing scores of his own. He finished with 65 rushing yards and 287 yards through the air. Susquehanna finished with 287 passing yards to the Red Devils' 103.
Cameron Ott had 75 of those rushing yards and Patrick Cutillo led the receiving corps with 10 catches for 122 yards and two scores.
Jim Barry was yet again all over the field on defense, racking up 17 tackles (11 solo, six solo) along with one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. Mason Spangler tallied 13 tackles and Tim Lurz finished with 10 for a SU defense that gave up just 18 first downs versus Susquehanna's 24.
The game started in favor of Susquehanna when Cutillo caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Crusco that capped off a four-play, 80-yard drive. Cutillo followed that with an early second-quarter touchdown reception, this one for two yards, for a 14-0 game with 13:19 still to play in the second quarter.
Dickinson got on the board on Cedric Madden's three-yard run just five minutes after Cutillo's second score but with 4:34 left to play in the half, Crusco took matters into his own hands for a five-yard score and a 21-7 SU advantage.
As time wound down in the opening half, Madden scored with 52 seconds on the clock to pull his team within one touchdown (21-14) of the lead at the midway point of the game.
The Red Devils came out of halftime and promptly marched down the field on a 10-play, 70-yard scoring drive that resulted in an Anders Overhaugh four-yard scoring run to make it 21-21.
The Crusader put together back-to-back touchdown drives, one a 20-yard pass from Crusco to Devon Pascoe and another on a one-yard run from Crusco, for a 35-21 ballgame.
Dickinson responded with consecutive touchdown drives of its own – both Overhaug rushing scores – and it was tied (35-35) with 7:59 to play.
SU responded in the best way possible – a 14-play, 66-yard scoring drive that burned 5:38 off the clock and ended with Crusco's rushing touchdown that was promptly followed by Scaglia's pick to seal the Crusader win.
Susquehanna hits the road to face Gettysburg on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.